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A Big Prize, an Outstanding Recognition, and a Visiting Professorship for ASCB Members

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MITN Oct 2013Pascale Cossart, Tracie M. Gibson,
and Deborah Harmon Hines from left to right.
ASCB member Pascale Cossart of the Institut Pasteur in Paris won the 2013 International Balzan Prize, worth 750,000 Swiss francs (roughly $800,000), for her work on the molecular biology of pathogenic bacteria and their interaction with host cells. Speaking for the Balzan Foundation, Peter Suter, honorary vice president of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, said, "Her research has provided very significant insights into the mechanisms underlying infectious diseases and how they might be combatted."

A unique feature of the Balzan prize is that Cossart must award half of the prize for a research project by a junior scientist of her choosing. Cossart has been an ASCB member since 1993 and served one year on Council in 2009, filling out the rest of president-elect Tim Mitchison's term. Cossart was profiled in 2006 for the ASCB Newsletter. In 2011, work by Cossart was featured in the press book for the ASCB Annual Meeting.

Tracie M. Gibson of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin received the University of Texas System's Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award—Academic 2013. Gibson, an ASCB member since 1998, was profiled in the July 2012 ASCB Newsletter.

Deborah Harmon Hines of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, who joined ASCB in 2003, has been accepted as a Visiting Professor at the University of Liberia Dogliotti School of Medicine in Monrovia.

John Fleischman

John is ASCB Senior Science Writer and the author among other things of two nonfiction books for older children, "Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science" and "Black & White Airmen," both from Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, Boston.

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